AGOO, La Union – Seven villages of this town, that have been lacking in potable water supply since the 1990 killer quake, were recipients of a P14- million financial assistance from the ‘Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig’ (Salintubig) program of the Department of Interior and Local Government.
La Union 2nd District Representative Sandra Young Eriguel, chair of the House Committee on Social Services, acquired the fund intended for the projects in barangays Ambitacay, Balwarte, San Isidro, San Manuel Norte, San Nicolas West, San Roque East and San Roque West.
“Most of the sources of potable water supply in these barangays were destroyed during the 1990 earthquake which also damaged almost the whole water system of Agoo. We lack potable water for the past 25 years,” Eriguel said.
The municipal government of Agoo, through Mayor Stefanie Ann Eriguel, signed on Thursday a ‘memorandum of agreement’ (MOA) with the Metro Agoo Waterworks Inc. (MAWI) represented by Roderick Ongcarranceja, MAWI president, for the implementation of the project.
Jolly Ting, MAWI board chai, former Rep. Franny Eriguel, Lawyer Rody Rivera, the municipal councils and the officials of the seven villages witnessed the signing held at the ABC Hall here.
“The Salintubig program in Agoo is a shining example of a ‘public-private partnership’. It is in the cooperation of these two sectors that will spur progress and economic sustainability,” Ting said during the MOA signing.
As planned, MAWI will install water pipelines to some household beneficiaries and some areas will be installed with communal faucets. where residents can fetch their water supply.
Village officials, together with MAWI personnel, will be in charge of monitoring the project and ensure the continouos supply of water.
MAWI, a subsidiary of the Calapan Waterworks Corp., started operation in Agoo in early 2016 by opening its infiltration well installed along the riverbanks of Aringay River in Barangay Garcia, Tubao town.
The vast supply of clean and potable water is flowing along the ten kilometers modern transmission lines from Tubao going to Agoo. Some 60 kilometers of distribution pipelines were already installed to the households and business establishments. Jun Elias/Northbound Philippines News